[Blind master gardener Ann Linder (left) with friend Katherine Whitman as she gets ready to plant perennials in the latest raised bed garden at GreenFields of Geneva, a memory care community in Blackberry Township near Geneva. Linder designed the garden and chose the plants.]
It is the latest horticultural addition to the GreenFields community, all areas of which have flower and vegetable gardens tended by residents.
“There are lots of plots at GreenFields,” Schumpert stated in the release. “We have flowers, tomatoes and other vegetables, strawberries and herbs. Gardening is an easy form of exercise for seniors and being active is huge here. It helps with fine motor skills in handling the dirt and planting and endurance in helping to shovel and dig.”
Plus, residents and staff enjoy eating the fresh vegetables, the release stated.
Schumpert also cited the impact of garden tending has on memory.
“The plants in the plot at Reflections – GreenFields’ memory care neighborhood – were chosen specifically for their sensory stimulation of familiar feel and smell,” Schumpert stated in the release.
Beyond physical and cognitive benefits, gardening has significant psychological impact as everyone is so happy and positive when they’re out working in the garden, Schumpert stated in the release.